Cruise Line Review: Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin

The Gauguin
The Moana

The Gauguin Watersports Marina. Photo Credit: Paul Gauguin Cruises

The Gauguin Watersports Marina. Photo Credit: Paul Gauguin Cruises

The multi-award winning Paul Gauguin cruises makes up in luxury and service what it may lack in size.

Designed to sail the waters of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific, the 5+ star The Gauguin was joined only recently in 2012 by her new little sister, the 90-passenger The Moana.

The Gauguin is the longest continually operating year-round luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific and the line prides itself on offering access to little-known ports that their larger counterparts can’t access.

Perhaps the most famous highlight of the mv Paul Gauguin offering is the watersports marina. Imagine hopping onto a windsurfer or paddling a kayak from the specially designed retractable watersports platform and heading straight from the ship into the tranquil crystal clear water surrounding you.

Or cross learning how to scuba dive off your bucket list with this particular vessel the only luxury ship in the French Polynesian islands to offer PADI certification. Is your underwater camera packed?

Accommodation

The Moana sails through the Corinth Canal. Photo Credit: Paul Gauguin Cruises

The Moana sails through the Corinth Canal. Photo Credit: Paul Gauguin Cruises

All staterooms in the fleet offer an ocean-view with nearly 70% of suites and staterooms aboard mv Paul Gauguin offering a private balcony.

Designed mainly for single and twin-share, select staterooms can accommodate three guests.

Tastefully appointed and spacious to boot, mv Paul Gauguin accommodation features bathroom with a full-size bathtub and shower while her sister offers a full-size shower and features including an iPod® docking station.

Dining

Sumptuous meals will welcome you aboard the Paul Gauguin fleet with Jean-Pierre Vigato, Chef Propriétaire of the world-renowned two-star Michelin-rated Restaurant Apicius in Paris partnering with both ships to provide signature dishes in L’Etoile aboard The Moana and in La Veranda aboard The Gauguin.

Enjoy complimentary wine at dinner and experience exquisite dining to rival restaurants on land.

Both ships feature L’Etoile, the elegant main dining room, along with La Veranda which features floor-to-ceiling windows and al fresco seating where you will be spoilt with a buffet selection for breakfast and lunch along with an à la carte offering.

By night onboard The Gauguin, La Veranda transforms into a glamorous reservation-only dining venue featuring gourmet delicacies or passengers can choose to dine at Le Grill for a more casual dining experience offering Polynesian specialties.

Bars & Entertainment

Floating bar in an island paradise. Photo Credit: Paul Gauguin Cruises

Floating bar in an island paradise. Photo Credit: Paul Gauguin Cruises

One of the many unique aspects of sailing with Paul Gauguin are Les Gauguines – the local Tahitians who act as cruise staff, entertainers and storytellers to bring a local flavour to each voyage.

The Gauguin features Le Casino to flirt with lady luck, a Piano Bar offering live entertainment and La Palette to dance the night away.

Le Grand Salon aboard The Gauguin showcases regional performances including a Polynesian show by Les Gauguines, a cappella performances of himene songs or even guest Polynesian dancers performing ote’a. Don’t be surprised if you spot a Broadway star in the mix either!

The Moana welcomes you to Le Salon with live piano music to prepare yourself for a restful slumber.

Fitness & Spa

Scuba diving excursion. Photo Credit: Paul Gauguin Cruises

Scuba diving excursion. Photo Credit: Paul Gauguin Cruises

Sailing with Paul Gauguin is an experience in nurturing your body and soul and, when it comes to fitness and spa facilities onboard, this is no different.

Both ships in the fleet are home to the award-winning Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm that offers pampering for the face and body and luxurious overwater massages on their private motu off the coast of Taha’a during voyages aboard The Gauguin.

Exclusive treatments also include a gold massage, Algo silhouette countouring, toning and firming treatments and AlgoDerm for a refreshed visage.

If the range of watersports available don’t tickle your fancy, you can head to the Fitness Centre that offers a range of exercise equipment.

Itineraries

Local Italian entertainers aboard The Moana. Photo Credit: Paul Gauguin Cruises

Local Italian entertainers aboard The Moana. Photo Credit: Paul Gauguin Cruises

Perfectly designed to sail where their larger counterparts can’t, the small Paul Gauguin fleet will take you to destinations some have only seen in their dreams.

The Gauguin sails throughout Tahiti, French Polynesia and Southeast Asia year-round while her sister The Moana sails during the summer months in Europe and winter in the Caribbean and Latin America.

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